Course Schedule

Summer Term

EDU 595 Technology in Schools I ★3

This course is taught in collaboration with an accredited school jurisdiction and/or a regional learning consortium. Students, who are identified by the school jurisdiction or regional learning consortium, must complete a required set of technology Professional Learning activities that has been mutually agreed upon between the participating school jurisdiction/regional learning consortium and the Faculty of Education and additional academic requirements that are set by the Faculty of Education. The students in the course must be currently teaching.

EDU 573 Computational Thinking in Teaching and Learning ★3

This course explores the role of Computational Thinking (CT) to support and enhance teaching, learning and problem-solving. Students will examine the historical development of the role CT in education; the core elements of CT (e.g., abstraction, pattern recognition, decomposition, algorithms); the rationale for including CT as part of the curriculum; understanding of the research-based best practices for the integration of CT within and between the curriculum across various subject areas; access a wide variety of resources designed to enable teachers to integrate CT into their pedagogical practice; investigate the multidimensional relationship between CT, computing science, coding, problem-solving approaches in the sciences and social sciences; and, the implications for educational policy, including addressing the TRC calls to action.

Fall Term

EDU 572 Teaching Online – Theory and Practice ★3

Synchronous times: Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.

This course addresses the theory and practice of teaching and learning in blended and fully online learning environments in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. This course explores topics such as pedagogical frameworks, instructional design, virtual learning communities, technologies to support online teaching, and approaches to online assessment. Students will investigate how to deal with changing technological environments that mediate the delivery of instruction.

Winter Term

EDU 570 Technology, Ethics, and Social Justice in Education ★3

Synchronous times: Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.

The course explores ethical and social justice issues involving technology in education such as digital equity and access, digital participation and citizenship, algorithmic bias, artificial intelligence, extended cognition, privacy, security and surveillance, etc. Students will examine digital technology integration from various philosophical, theoretical and social science perspectives, and will consider some of the ethical and social justice implications for teacher practice and educational policy, including addressing the TRC calls to action.